“I want to make sure that she has the opportunity to have the best education possible — the best teachers and the best facilities,” he said.
28 January 2009
27 January 2009
At the Mind Body Spirit Fair, held in Telford last autumn, you could consult a clairvoyant, purchase psychic healing, or stock up on healing crystals. You could also, if you wanted, talk to Mark Berry.
Mark is a Christian missionary - although he doesn't like the word much - to Telford, sent there by the Church of England and the Church Mission Society, because Telford has one of the lowest church-going populations in Britain. He's set up a small church, with about a dozen members, which meets in his small house on a modern estate.
When Mark first arrived in Telford, three-and-a-half years ago, he said he wanted to connect with people who were "spiritual but not religious". It's an interesting phrase, and one you hear a lot nowadays.
But three years into his mission in Telford, Mark Berry's core community is not spiritual-but-not-religious recruits, but already-committed Christians who use his gatherings to deepen and provide a new perspectives on their faith.
There may be a hole in people's lives, but there's not a great deal of evidence that it is God-shaped.
25 January 2009
- The claim that the people of the Disco had never heard the podcast before. This is, on the face of it, blindingly ridiculous. Whatever else the Disco are, they are media-saavy and technologically aware. It does not take a lot of effort to set up a Google search. I refuse to believe that they had not heard this.
- The claim that the people of the Disco laughed good-naturedly at the recording. This speaks, to me, of stage management. History is littered with examples of inhuman monsters who could laugh good-naturedly, even at their own expense. It doesn't mean that they weren't seething and plotting your ugly demise on the inside.
- The claim that, upon hearing the venom with which the comtempt for the Discovery's CSC was expressed, they were moved to tears. Again, this speaks to me of stage management. It does so for the simple and obvious reason that if you are an organisation which has to undermine your opposition, wouldn't you do it by trying to appear more cuddly and vulnerable than you genuinely were?
23 January 2009
In the late 1990s, Columbia University researchers Bill Ryan and Walter Pitman examined the geological evidence and estimated the Black Sea level at the time of the flood was approximately 80 meters lower than present day levels. They suggested that the impact of a Black Sea flood could have forced the movement of early agriculturist groups to central Europe and established the story of Noah and his ark, as well as flood myths among other peoples.
To extend their record back in time beyond 6000 years, in 2007, Giosan and his colleagues drilled a new core to 42 meters depth at the mouth of the Danube River, the largest river emptying into the Black Sea. Their goal was to reconstruct the history of that part of the delta—before and after the flood—through an examination of the sediments. In analyzing the delta sediment from the new core as well as others taken in the region, Giosan’s team discovered fresh water deposits of the newly forming delta dating back approximately 10,000 years, subsequently overlaid by fine marine sediments, followed by the modern delta deposits.
“We don’t see evidence for a catastrophic flood as others have described,” said Liviu Giosan, a geologist in the WHOI Geology and Geophysics Department.
22 January 2009
In this case, I was to make a collection, and I did, with some help - twelve different minerals in an egg box. There was a bit of quartz, a piece of blue-dyed quartzite, a small round nodule of obsidian of the kind now called an apache tear, a piece of rose quartz, a bit of labradorite... honestly, I can't remember what the others were. Probably some calcite, and apatite crystal, a sand spar or a barite rose... The collection soon grew to a second egg box. Then, a third. It was all part of seeking parental approval: my father and my grandfather were both collectors, and my great-uncle was a turquoise dealer in Arizona, so it was something that we could have in common. So my interest grew.
21 January 2009
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16 January 2009
First Bus [the company which operates the buses] said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.
The campaign was devised by comedy writer Ariane Sherine.
She was inspired to seek donations after objecting to a set of Christian advertisements on a bus.
When people went to a highlighted website address, they were told that whose who rejected God were condemned to spend all eternity to "torment in Hell".
Ms Sherine said she sought donations for a "reassuring" counter-advertisement.
She said: "I think there have been a lot of people out there who have been looking at evangelical advertisements and not saying anything and thinking that these advertisements have been approved and just shrugging it off.
"Now finally they have an opportunity to express this feeling of exasperation."
15 January 2009
14 January 2009
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13 January 2009
"...This new economy requires a new day for Missouri.
"We'll turn this economy around by making Missouri a magnet for next-generation jobs.
"We'll invest in new technology. We'll inspire cutting-edge innovation. And we'll embrace science, not fear it.
-- St. Louis Business Journal, 12 January 2009 (page 2)
07 January 2009
06 January 2009
But an analysis of Miller's arguments demonstrates that he refuted Behe in no way whatsoever, and that in fact it was Behe who refuted Miller at trial, although Judge Jones ignored Behe's testimony. Miller continues (I am told) to go around lecturing on this topic, claiming that the blood-clotting cascade of lower vertebrates demonstrate that Behe was wrong and that the blood-clotting cascade is amenable to explanation by Darwinian evolution. Like many Darwinist claims of refutation of Behe, this one is based on smoke and mirrors.
-- Evolution News & Views (WARNING: Links to the Disco!), 24 december 2008
04 January 2009
- There don't appear to be any active links, either to Mr Kilgore's blog (which it is said was deleted by a friend the night of his death, according to ID: the Future from 16 December 2008), nor to a news report of his death, except for those which appear nearly two months later. These sites include the execrable World Net Daily, Uncommon Descent, and the Discovery Institute's various organs and tentacles.
- This story appeared on the Disco's podcast, ID: the Future ("now with extra mendacity!"), apparently in order to neatly buttress the fundraising letter.
- More nebulously, everything about this story has a hearsay quality to it. With no paper trail, with no records to which to refer and only secondary sources with no attribution, the issue is clouded in a suspicious manner.
"What happened to Jesse makes me angry, because contrary to the pseudo-scientific claims of Darwinists like Dawkins, modern science does not point to atheism. In fact, a growing number of scientific discoveries are supportive of faith in God. The fine-tuning of the laws of physics, intricate molecular machines inside the cell, the digital information encoded in our DNA - all of these discoveries proclaim the truth that life is the product of intelligent design. Of course, these scientific findings do not "prove" that God exists, but the do provide powerful evidence that faith in God is consistent with the facts - contrary to the claims of Darwinists like Dawkins.
"Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture exists to support, defend, and promote the work of scientists who are challenging Darwin's theory of unguided evolution by finding positive evidence for intelligent design throughout nature.
"Our efforts were never more needed than they are now. Next year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his book On the Origin of Species. Darwinian atheists like Dawkins are going into overdrive trying to hijack these anniversaries to spread their gospel of atheism..."
03 January 2009
01 January 2009
- House reorganisation: I can't entirely take credit for this, but the house is more or less in order. Rooms are organised, although there are a couple closets that still need work, and a few other small tasks, and the basement (oh, dear, the basement...), but on the whole, that counts as a success.
- The Beagle Web Store: Like so many things, this is a work in progress, but it's up and running, so hooray for me.
- Blog entries: I'd come up with the arbitrary number of entries that I wanted to have done for the year - that number was 200. Missed it by a bit. For 2009, I'm setting the bar at 250, and we'll see what happens.
- Reading: I have this number in my head again - I want to read at least sixty books in a year. I think that this year I'll end up around thirty-five. I started a hell of a lot more, but, at the end of the day, I'm a slow reader. I'm going to have a bash at it again, though.
- Book reviews: Again, I'd wanted to review at least two books per month over at Science Books Reviewed, and I've fallen well short of that. So more work to do there. I've got more books and reviews in the pipeline already: we'll see how it goes.